Data Center Infrastructure Management ChallengesAre you expected to cut costs and decrease the energy consumption of your facilities without compromising the level of security or reducing bandwidth?

Virtualization seems to be part of the solution, but imagine trying to explain when you lose a “virtual” server. It sounds impossible but many data center operators admit to having lost a virtual server at one point.

Recently, new tools were introduced to help optimize the operations and performance of your data center. Advanced Infrastructure Management (AIM) allows you to have visibility of your network, provide security, control, and monitor your physical copper and fiber infrastructure up to the port level. In conjunction with adata center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution, you can monitor the energy consumption of the data center, its backup power sources and much more. Being able to track and create analysis reports that empower you to be pro-active are some of the biggest advantages of these management solutions. With more data centers looking to deploy 100 Gbps by 2016, it is now more critical than ever to include a management solution for the next step of the transition.

Do you know where the cables are connected? Were you able to keep records of all the changes made throughout the years? Every time you are asked to make a change or an upgrade, are you selecting the right cables? Are you aware of the consequences if you lose a connection? If you answered “no” to at least one of these questions, you may want to re-evaluate your readiness for the future.

Learn more about these solutions and how bringing intelligence into your the data center can keep you from losing your server while being better prepared for the future at this year’s Data Center Dynamics Converged conference in Washington, DC.

You can hear more about these infrastructure management solutions during my presentation entitled: “Are You Losing Your Server?” It will take place Thursday, May 2 from 1:40 - 2:20 p.m. in Hall 1 at the Hyatt RegencyReston.

I hope to see you there.

About the Author

Julie Roy

Julie has been in the telecommunications cabling industry since 1988, working for carriers, manufacturers and as a consultant. Her expertise and her leadership in multiple standards development organizations has been recognized and awarded in Canada and the United States. Starting at Bell Canada as a central office technician, she worked up through a number of positions to become a Cabling Solutions and LAN Specialist, responsible for contracted network design and installation. In 1999, she began working for NORDX/CDT (now Belden) as the subject matter expert on technical issues related to cabling design, implementation and product applications. From 2005 to 2012, as a self-employed consultant, she has been involved in numerous office building projects and international data center projects. Recently, she was hired by CommScope as a technical manager where she supports customers, consultants and business partners in the design and installation phases. She has been actively involved in standards development since 1999, occupying leadership positions in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Canadian Standard Association (CSA). Julie served as Chair of the CSA T104 Committee, responsible for telecommunications cabling standards for commercial and residential installations in Canada, for five years and in terms as Vice-chair of the TIA TR-42.1 Subcommittee on Commercial Building Cabling and TIA TR-42.8 Subcommittee on Optical Fiber Systems. She also served as the editor and expert contributor for several widely recognized published standards including the ANSI/TIA-942, Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers, and ANSI/TIA-862-A, Building Automation Systems Cabling Standard. At this time, Julie is the Chair of the TIA TR-42.4 Subcommittee, Customer-Owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure and Chair of TIA TR-42.10 Subcommitee, Sustainable Information Communications Technology. In 1997, she was recognized as the first woman in Canada to earn her BICSI RCDD certification. She followed this with her NTS certification in 1998, and her ESS certification in 2009. Since January 2008, Julie has been involved with BICSI as an active member of the Registration and Specialties Supervision Committee (RSSC) and the Ethics Committee. In 2004, Julie was recognized as the recipient of the BICSI Ross G.H. Cotton Award for contributions of an individual in the BICSI Canadian Region to the advancement of BICSI and its goals and objectives. In January 2011, Julie was recognized as the recipient of The Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry. Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. Julie graduated with a bachelor degree of Arts from the Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC), a degree in Architecture Technical Studies from the Vanier College (Montreal, Canada) and a specialized certificate in telecommunications from the Ecole des Technologies Superieures of the University of Quebec (Montreal, Canada). Julie is well known for her development of technical documentation, participation of industry cabling standards, and in market-facing content. She speaks French fluently and is a frequent presenter in industry forums and continues her participation in the industry standards forums.

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